Cyber-attacks continue to make headlines as more organizations fall victim to ransomware. Throughout the past 18 months, the industry has seen some of the largest leaks, breaches, and real-world threats to date.
Organizations have been compelled to restructure their workplaces as a result of COVID-19, and people have become accustomed to working remotely. Developers and security teams, however, face new hurdles as a result of this transition.
Here are three cybersecurity concerns that appear to be unrelated on the surface but are strongly intertwined beneath the surface. In each situation, a policy of increased communication would considerably benefit the underlying issues.
Recognizing the various technology stacks
This category contains anything from operating systems, storage, programming languages, servers, business intelligence solutions, and data application monitoring tools, among other things. Juggling the massive complexity of a tech stack with increasingly sophisticated attacks requires a new approach to security for CISOs to keep data, and systems safe.
Communication issues are at the heart of the technological challenges. Are the right people addressing the issue? Are the appropriate tools communicating with one another?
In other words, solutions cannot be found in a silo. The days of a single computer performing a single task and being managed by a single human are long gone. Hundreds of containers, applications, and clouds can all be managed with the right tools. Human audits, for instance, cannot keep up with the growing number of apps.
With so many tools running at the same time, software developers should first examine and understand and analyse they are dealing with in order to protect it successfully. The first step in streamlining upgrades that stay up with their software supply chain, preventing old code and defective systems from leaving critical data vulnerable to cyber threats, is for them to understand the tools they are using and how they interact with one another in their organization.
A novel response to the onslaught of data
Every day, security teams in a modern infrastructure receive thousands of alerts. The quantity of the notifications is mind-boggling, with some IT workers receiving over a million security alerts per day. Separating critical alerts from the noise is a key source of frustration for those in charge of the security infrastructure of an organization.
Alert response must become automated, and in order for that to happen, mechanisms must be put in place that can scale with the number of individuals monitoring for those alerts. The process needs to be automated by eliminating humans from the front lines of the critical alert path. Automation tools can successfully sort through the noise and allow humans to focus on the most important alerts. Security teams can more quickly determine which alerts require immediate action by automating the tooling.
A culture of accountability
As seen with last year’s major breaches, seemingly harmless alerts might set off a series of events that leads to huge cyber-attacks. The creators of the Sunburst malware remained more than a year inside their target company before being discovered, emphasizing the necessity of collaboration and a proactive cybersecurity approach.
Security breaches do not occur in a vacuum. Although it is common advice that security should be everyone’s responsibility, the continued rise in data breaches suggests that it is routinely ignored. It should be everyone’s job should to improve communication and collaboration in order to provide better security. To combat security concerns, it’s vital to have a high level of transparency throughout the business.
Businesses need to take a step back, revisit their approach to security, and adapt it to the new normal. Transparency has the power to clear the path for open communication which will enable organizations, their customers, and their partners to maintain secure environments.
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